The Coronavirus has flipped the world upside down, especially for SME owners and solopreneurs. In this critical time, Entrepreneurs of Finland is compelled to tell the truth and gather help for the Finnish entrepreneur community. That’s why we launch the #coronarelief campaign.
“Being a mompreneur is not easy but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made” – Anna Juusela, Founder & CEO of We Encourage
Can a movie change your life? This is the case for Anna after watching a documentary about forced marriage which made her so frustrated and angry that she decided she must do something about it! The only problem was, she did not know “how”. Anna thought until the age of 50, she might figure out some ways to help the girls and women. But then another event happened, which totally changed her plan!
Persistence is a key trait of any entrepreneur and Lari is no different. After many months of dedication and numerous business plans, he has kept the focus on always improving and using setbacks as learning points. Lari shares with us the motto which has contributed to the success of his business – everything can be (and should be) made simple with the right approach.
“Dare to try – Many dreams die because people worry too much about what others say” – Marko Höynälä, Founder of Skiiot, Cmicro & Kipuwex
Are all entrepreneurs innovators? The answer is yes with Marko’s case. Massive layoff sounds dreadful at first sight, but it turns out to be a good thing for this natural-born inventor. After 15 years of being an employee, Marko’s decision to pursue entrepreneurship was finally catalyzed when his company fired 650 people, including him.
“We are a part of the transformation Finland is witnessing”, Anne Badan – Co-founder of The Shortcut
We couldn’t hide our surprise when Anne told us “I wish my organization would not exist”. But don’t get it wrong. Anne loves what she’s doing and the people around her. She just expresses her honest view on the problem they are solving – the mismatch of talents in the Finnish job market.
“You Are Here To Serve People” – Edem Abekey, Founder of Inkuto
Edem Abekey, Founder of Inkuto – a company that offers wide-ranging skincare products made from indigenous African natural resources. Edem is dedicated to promoting sustainability, empowering women and supporting the community in Ghana.
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“Immigrants are not a homogenous group of people. Some move to Finland as refugees, some for studying or because of work. They also have different social backgrounds, educational experiences, and professional careers. Sadly for some of them, opportunities seem to never knock on their door. This creates a lot of inefficiencies which can then lead to personal struggles and economic disadvantage.”
Daniel Rahman and his team started Integrify from frustration but continue to move forward being driven by the positive impacts on improving people’s lives.
Social integration is not a challenge for one specific country. It happens everywhere. Watch Daniel’s video story to find out more about how entrepreneurship helps to solve this global issue.
Entrepreneurship is not for everybody. Yes, but if you have not tried, how can you know it’s not for you? Familiarise yourself with the entrepreneurial journey of other experienced entrepreneurs could be a great way to justify if entrepreneurship is for you.
For the first time on Entrepreneurs of Finland, our video story will reveal the journey of an entrepreneur in the finance and investment sector. How Lasse Mäkelä and his super-team have founded and successfully run Invesdor – a FinTech with a mission to make Europe a better place especially for investors and startups?
Have you ever noticed that you feel more tired and work less effectively just because you stay indoors for so long?
To kick off the Entrepreneurs of Finland’s signature series in 2020, we’re excited to introduce a story about Aki Soudunsaari – how he has successfully founded Naava, a Finnish Greentech company helping people to improve health, happiness, and performance by bringing natural Nordic forest air to the world.
Joel came to Finland after falling in love with a Finn, but the reason that kept him stay in the country is the weather. Joel loves the Finnish summer and how the social system works beautifully here. From his experience, he encourages Finland to open the door for immigrants more and see them as an advantage instead of a liability.